Up 3,094 this week

If I Had My Way (1940)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  26 April 1940 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 87 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 1 critic

When a fellow bridge builder is killed in an accident, two of his co-workers bring his now orphaned daughter to New York to be adopted by relatives.


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2118 titles
created 01 Sep 2011
a list of 88 titles
created 23 Sep 2011
a list of 3761 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
a list of 870 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
a list of 375 titles
created 17 Jun 2012

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: If I Had My Way (1940)

If I Had My Way (1940) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of If I Had My Way.


Credited cast:
Buzz Blackwell
Gloria Jean ...
Patricia Johnson
Charles Winninger ...
Joe Johnson
El Brendel ...
Axel Swenson
Allyn Joslyn ...
Jarvis Johnson
Claire Dodd ...
Brenda Johnson
Moroni Olsen ...
Mr. Blair
Nana Bryant ...
Marian Johnson
Donald Woods ...
Fred Johnson
Kathryn Adams ...
Miss Corbett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Eltinge ...
Julian Eltinge
Trixie Friganza ...
Grace La Rue ...
Grace La Rue
Eddie Leonard ...
Eddie Leonard
Six Hits and a Miss ...
Six Hits and a Miss - Singing Group


Bridge construction worker Fred Johnson is raising his twelve year old daughter after his wife's death, but when he is killed suddenly in an accident, responsibility falls to his two friends, Buzz Blackwell and Axel Swenson. They bring young Pat to New York, but are given the brush by Fred's well-to-do brother and his socialite wife. They end up making contact with her elderly great-uncle, an unsuccessful vaudevillian, and his wife, who are only too happy to raise the youngster. Unfortunately the money that would make that possible is used by Axel to buy a failing Swedish restaurant drowning in red ink. In order to salvage their investment, Buzz comes up with a novel idea. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Musical


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

If I Had My Way  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Restored DVD edition)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Brenda Johnson: How do you do, Mr. Swenson?
Axel Swenson: How do you do?
Brenda Johnson: But how sweet of you to come, Mr. Swenson! Would you enjoy a little rumba?
Axel Swenson: Oh, it's too early to drink. I would rather dance.
[She laughs]
See more »


Meet The Sun Halfway
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Bing Crosby and Gloria Jean
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A decent diversion but my least favourite of the Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection
30 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having enjoyed all the other films in the collection and being someone who's always liked Bing Crosby's voice, If I Had My Way was definitely going to be given a viewing. It is far from a bad film at all, in fact it is a decent one but of the Bing Crosby: Screen Legend Collection it was the one I enjoyed the least. I have to agree with those who didn't like El Brendel, he mugs constantly here and it gets annoying and way too much. The story is also the least engaging of the collection, admittedly the story wasn't a strong suit in any of the five films in the set but the story in If I Had My Way came off as contrived and routinely predictable with in some points a serious need of spark and less sentimentality. That Bing didn't have a love interest this time round was the only thing that came across as a surprise. The humour could have been much stronger too, it has its moments like with the squirrel who is hilarious and the dialogue between Bing and Gloria Jean was appropriately snappy but the other four films had tighter and smarter scripting and Brendel's mugging does bog it down further. If I Had My Way does look very good, the costumes and sets are handsomely done and the photography is far from cheap. The film is sensitively scored, with lush melodic writing that avoids the too-syrupy trap and it's far from forgettable. The songs are bright and breezy, especially the upbeat I Haven't Time to be a Millionaire and the haunting title song that was sung in a way that only Bing could do. Bing sings as richly and beautifully as always and gives a performance that is charismatic and relaxed, matched very well by the very likable and photogenic Gloria Jean, who sings like a lightly-voiced angel. The two work very believably together. The supporting players apart from Brendel are solid, they're by all means not as strong as Crosby and Jean but don't disgrace themselves. All in all, decent but not among Bing Crosby's best. Worth seeing but not a must-own in my opinion. 6/10 Bethany Cox

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss If I Had My Way (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: